Wednesday, 14 April 2010 11:24

JoomlaPack (now called AkeebaBackup) vs Xcloner - My Thoughts

{edit 4/3/13 - I now use Akeeba on all of my Joomla sites.  I'm not sure if Xcloner is developed anymore but Akeeba has REALLY made some nice improvements since I intiailly wrote this article!{/edit}

I've used both JoomlaPack (AkeebaBackup it's now called) and Xcloner. JoomlaPack (Akeeba) is free, so you can't knock the price. It also has the ability to include an installer for loading the site onto the destination server, nice. I've used it many times.

However, my preference is Xcloner. It's a little more "programmer oriented," so its interface is s a little simpler and quicker, in my opinion. (Maybe that's just because I started with Xcloner.) Also, instead of a clunky installer package, Xcloner gives you a "restore" feature consisting of 2 files:


To restore, just include your Xcloner backup file alongside these "restore" files in your public directory, and point the browser to the "xcloner.php" file. It will ask you for database / ftp information, unzip the file, import the database, and adjust configuration.php accordingly. It also gives you the ability to extract the files directly (via PHP), or via FTP, depending on your server's particulars.

Nate Covington

Nate Covington

I work with advertising agencies and marketing consultants, as well as directly with business owners to build streamlined, effective web sites. The large majority of my projects are built using Joomla, although I also support Wordpress, Drupal, OSCommerce, and almost any other open-source platform.  If you are interested in hiring me, please use my "Get a Quote" form.

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